Our Art and Design Lead is Mrs Drinkwater. If you would like to discuss our Art and Design curriculum further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
At Templemoor we believe that all children are artists and encourage our children to demonstrate their own creativity. We aim to inspire, engage and challenge pupils by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and produce creative, imaginative art work. We want to nurture children’s creative thinking skills and ensure our pupils learn through art, as well as about art.
A key principle of our teaching is about our belief that every child can engage with art and design. The resources used in school are suitable for pupils of all abilities. We have a firm belief that every child can achieve and that they are entitled to the same knowledge and cultural capital, whatever their background or starting point. While children will come to us with different levels of experience and knowledge in Art, we will work to address these gaps in experience, skill and knowledge.
At Templemoor, children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences in art and design, as well as exploring the work of artists, craft makers and designers.
We aim for our children to become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage and patterns.
A carefully planned art and design curriculum provides the opportunity for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.
We value art as it allows children an alternative way of communicating their thoughts and feelings through a different voice.
‘Art is not what you see but what you make others see’ - Edgar Degas
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
Our art progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught are progressive from year group to year group.
At Templemoor, we place high value on art and design as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain real life, enriching and memorable experiences.
All children will:
In Early Years, art and design is explored through the Development Matters area ‘Expressive Arts and Design’. Art is developed through continuous provision enabling the children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts.
In Year 1 and Year 2, we use the ‘Access Art’ Scheme of Work, which is fully aligned to the National Curriculum. The art and design Programme of Study and supplementing resources can be confidently delivered by specialist and non-specialist teachers alike. Art and design is taught on a rotation with Design and Technology, every other half term. It is taught as a discrete subject but it is also integrated into other curriculum areas and enhancement activities to create meaningful learning opportunities.
This curriculum has been developed into pathways (units) which provide progression and continuity of learning experiences across the areas: Drawing, Painting, Collage, Printmaking, Textiles and 3D. Pupils learn about artists from around the world as well as local artists. They will use the work of artists as a stimulus to produce their own creative works.
In KS1 when art is not been taught during a half term, teachers continue with simple drawing exercises e.g. one or two 10 minutes a week which will help ensure the continuation of sketchbook and drawing skill development.
We aim to give the pupils lots of different kinds of opportunities and experiences (media, techniques, approaches, artists) all underpinned by the use of drawing and sketch books. This is done through a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum.
All children from Reception through to Year 2 have their own sketchbook/art book to record their ideas and experiences. This book will follow them throughout the school as their own personal art and design journey.
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist” - Pablo Picasso
The approach to assessment is less formal than in core subject disciplines. Assessment is ongoing based upon lots of conversation to discover intention and understanding, as well as looking at outcomes of the journey and end result. Each pathway has ‘I can’ statements which teachers use to check children’s understanding.
At Templemoor, art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school
Children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified.
Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world.
Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art.
Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.